HB2 pROJECT sCORING 

Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) 

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Renaissance was part of a team assisting the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) and VDOT to screen and score projects for Accessibility under Virginia’s House Bill 2 (HB2) Project Prioritization legislation.

Our team previously led a task order for OIPI that developed quantitative measures for statewide accessibility. Renaissance has also developed a Multimodal Accessibility tool that calculates the relative differences in travel time to points of interest such as jobs in a region according to travel mode. Renaissance used this tool to calculate accessibility to employment for each of Virginia’s MPO regions as part of the statewide transportation plan (VTrans), and used this same tool as part of the statewide HB2 scoring for all transportation projects receiving state funding. 

Renaissance developed accessibility scores that are part of the overall project scoring (that includes factors such as congestion, safety, economy and environment) for over 300 projects that were submitted by local and regional entities. Renaissance Planning was the sole analyst for the accessibility metric, which quantified access to jobs and access to jobs for disadvantaged populations for all eligible auto and transit projects. 

The HB2 scoring process was completed January 2016, and the transportation board is now in the process of using the scores to inform their prioritization and funding decisions. The state has already committed to using the same scoring process for 2017.